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VANCOUVER — The federal government's announcement to end conventional coal power by 2030 will accelerate Canada's shift to a clean economy. Doctors, environmental groups and people of all stripes have told government that carbon emissions and air pollution from coal power are unacceptable in a country with as many clean energy resources as Canada. And the government listened. The plan to support this shift with infrastructure investments in clean power sources like wind and solar will help spur innovation and develop Canada's clean tech sector, leading to jobs and economic growth.

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"This announcement marks a huge commitment to health and climate action," David Suzuki Foundation director of science and policy Ian Bruce said. "Once the federal government enacts this promise into law, people across the country will be able to breathe easier about the future of energy production."

Coal power contributes 70 per cent of carbon emissions from Canada's electricity sector. Ending its use by 2030 is projected to avoid more than 1,000 premature deaths and save more than $5 billion in health-care costs compared to previous regulations.

"Along with putting a price on carbon emissions, ending the use of traditional coal power represents a serious commitment to climate action in Canada," David Suzuki Foundation director general for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Karel Mayrand said. "The next piece of the puzzle needs to be rejection of proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects, including new pipelines."

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For more information:

David Suzuki Foundation — Steve Kux 604-374-4102

November 21, 2016
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2016/11/federal-coal-phase-out-announcement-a-major-win-for-health-and-climate-action/